As an English and history major, I have four years of undergraduate coursework in English literature and composition, as well as a Master of Letters degree from the University of Aberdeen in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Literature. My past studies have included a wide variety of literary cultures and time periods, such as medieval, Victorian, and modern European authors; multicultural voices in American literature; the Japanese Noh theatre; early Irish hagiography; and the works of several Classical authors. As such, I have an appreciation for world literature and am practiced in critical approaches to written texts.
Over the course of my academic career, I have had the opportunity to study several languages, which has helped me develop a firm understanding of grammatical structures and compositional techniques. I have experience with academic writing and am able to work with students to produce high-caliber research papers.
Additionally, I have over four years of experience as a teacher and tutor for students of all ages, from primary school to adult learners. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I taught English as a foreign language to Ukrainian students in grades two through seven. I have also tutored students in primary school and high school in introductory Latin and led a tutorial for college students in introductory Attic Greek.
I taught extra-curricular remedial courses in composition and reading comprehension for grades six through eight and was responsible for submitting weekly progress reports to parents and teachers. I have also tutored adult learners who were studying for their Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or learning English as a second language.
Undergraduate Degree: St. Mary's College of Maryland - Bachelors, English and History
Graduate Degree: University of Aberdeen - Masters, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
In my free time, I enjoy reading, eating, hiking, traveling, Netflix, swimming, and spending time with friends. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and almost anything else in the fantasy genre. I like Sherlock (both the Conan Doyle and BBC/Cumberbatch versions) and funny t.v. shows like Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and The Mindy Project.
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a student of medieval Irish history, I am in a constant state of learning a new language. I am sympathetic to the struggles of beginning and intermediate students, and I am able to explain linguistic, grammatical, and compositional concepts to students of every learning style. For example, I understand that tactile learners require a much different approach to literature than a visual learner. I have learned techniques to make these concepts accessible to all students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first tutoring session with a student, I would assess their current skill levels, the goals they hope to achieve from tutoring, and their preferred learning style.